\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

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Francis’ dedicated right hand who would do anything for the tyrant, even in death. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "'House of Cards' Season 6, Surprisingly, Still Needs More Claire," 6 Nov. 2018 My mother had been traumatized by her Catholic grammar school, where nasty nuns forced her to write with her right hand, informing her that her left-handedness aligned her with Satan. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 In 1124, King Henry I of England attempted to restore confidence in the country’s money by having the mint-makers publicly castrated and their right hands amputated for producing substandard coins. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The High Cost of Financial Panics," 10 Jan. 2019 In the photo, Hailey grabs Justin's wrist with her left hand (perfectly showing off her ginormous, big-enough-to-have-its-own-gravitational-pull engagement ring) and grasps his fingers with her right hand. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Hailey Baldwin Changes Her Name to Hailey Bieber on Instagram," 17 Nov. 2018 Though her right hand is totally hidden beneath, her left drapes down, with her engagement ring catching the eye of even those who don’t know to look for it. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Shows Off Her Engagement Ring On the Cover of Vogue Mexico," 24 Aug. 2018 Vukmir is looking directly at the camera, giving a thumbs up with her left hand, while her right hand is on the shoulder of Walker, who is leading the line. Washington Post, "GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line," 9 July 2018 Her left hand works a keyboard, her right hand manuvers a mouse. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "For teen, playing video games a lot paid off — to the tune of $60,000 toward college," 16 June 2018 Last season, Long stood with his right hand over his heart while his left hand was on Jenkins’ back in a show of support. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Thankfully, President Donald Trump called off Eagles visit to White House," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the right hand


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Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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